Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature A (Delaware Museum, uncorrected first author's proof)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: Ballads and Sonnets
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Publisher: F. S. Ellis
Printer: Chiswick Press, C. Whittingham and Co.
City of publication: London
Date of publication: 1881 May 19
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: [v]-xii
Issue: 1
Authorization: DGR


Current Location: Library, Delaware Art Museum

Physical Description

Point: 10 point; 6 point leading
Font: roman
Lines per Page: 24
Margin top: 2 cm
Margin bottom: 3.8 cm
Margin right: 2 cm
Margin left: 2.5 cm
Dimensions of Document: 19 x 12.8cm (crown octavo)

Scholarly Commentary


This is an uncorrected partial copy of the first author's proof of Signature A. Though undated, this proof must have been pulled between 19-23 May. It carries the correction that DGR called for in the first proof (dated 19 May in the British Library set of mixed proofs) but not the redesign correction for page v, which first appears in print in the proofs dated 23 May. The proof corresponds exactly to the copy preserved in the set of mixed proofs preserved at Harvard.

Textual History: Revision

Besides this copy of the first author's proof, the Delaware Art Museum library has two uncorrected copies of the firest revise, copy 1 and copy 2 (both dated 23 May 1881). The British Library proofs have a corrected copy of the first author's proof for this signature (dated 19 May and marked 1).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1